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Monday, February 1, 1999 Published at 12:09 GMT


Stars bug charity premiere

Barbara Windsor gets a lift at the fashion show

Box office smash A Bug's Life had its London premiere on Sunday night - and Hollywood's latest animated hit was greeted by a celebrity fashion show with a difference.

EastEnders stars Barbara Windsor and Patsy Palmer took to the catwalk during an insect-themed party and fancy dress fashion show after the screening at the Odeon in Kensington High Street.

[ image: Patsy Palmer and her son Charlie take to the catwalk]
Patsy Palmer and her son Charlie take to the catwalk
Footballer Paul Gascoigne's ex-wife Sheryl was joined by her children Bianca, Mason and Regan as she wore a dress designed by Isabel Kristensen, while Patsy Palmer wore a William Hunt outfit as she paraded down the catwalk with her son Charlie.

The show, at the Commonwealth Insititute, was in aid of the charity Action For Sick Children.

Other names there included Blue Peter presenters Stuart Miles and Konnie Huq, and Diana, Princess of Wales' former butler Paul Burrell, who attended with his wife Maria and children Nicky and Alex.

The film - from the same team behind Toy Story - has already been a huge hit in the US, taking more than $150m in the two months it has been showing.

[ image: Kevin Spacey: His voice stars in the film]
Kevin Spacey: His voice stars in the film
LA Confidential actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Denis Leary are among the voices behind the story, which follows a colony of ants which is forced to pay an annual offering to a group of bullying grasshoppers.

They resolve to find a group of mercenaries to protect themselves from the grasshoppers - but all they can find is a troupe of flea circus rejects.

The film also features Planet Of The Apes actor Roddy McDowall in his last role before his death in October.

A Bug's Life will be released across Britain on 5 February.

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